Are you ready for one of the easiest appetizers of all time? I laughed at how simple this was. At first, I felt a little silly for posting such a simple recipe, but I know you all love easy recipes as much as I do! This recipe is perfect when you’re having friends over and you want to spend more time catching up and less time preparing food.
Here are a few tips to ensure your goat cheese turns out perfectly:
- Be sure to use a log of goat cheese, not goat cheese crumbles. Crumbled or shredded cheeses usually have anti-caking agents to keep the cheese from sticking together, which can alter the texture of this dish.
- Use a really high-quality marinara sauce. When a recipe is just a handful of ingredients, make those the best you can find! I like Rao’s tomato basil pasta sauce for this recipe.
- Crusty bread works best in this recipe, but any toasted baguette will do. Try ciabatta, a french baguette or even a loaf of sourdough.
I was inspired by the cast iron goat cheese dish at Tazza Kitchen, a local restaurant here in Richmond. (There are a few locations across Richmond and the Carolinas so if you’re in the area, definitely check them out!) I order it almost every time I go because it’s SO good. Naturally, I had to try recreating it at home.
This baked goat cheese appetizer requires just 4 ingredients! It’s the perfect cheesy dish for a party!
- 1 small baguette, sliced into 1” thick pieces
- Olive oil for drizzling
- 4oz goat cheese (in a log, not crumbled)
- 1 cup marinara sauce
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
- Drizzle the olive oil over the baguette slices.
- Spread the slices onto a baking sheet in a single layer, then set aside.
- In a small oven-safe dish, add about ⅔ of the sauce.
- Place the goat cheese in the middle of the dish and cover with remaining sauce.
- Put the goat cheese in the preheated oven and set a timer for 15 minutes.
- After 15 minutes, add the baguette slices to the oven and bake the cheese and baguette for another 10 minutes or until the bread is lightly brown.
- Carefully remove from oven and let the cheese cool slightly before serving.
- You can spoon the cheese mixture over the bread or dunk the bread into the dish.
Note: If you have an olive oil spray, you can spray the bread lightly for an even coating.
Be sure to use a log of goat cheese and not crumbled goat cheese.
Keywords: baked goat cheese appetizer
I’ve made this appetizer countless times and it’s a great recipe to make when you’re short on time! I love that I can pop this in the oven while I’m getting other things ready, then pull it out as guests are arriving!